What's going on in the media:
Roughly half of the people in the photo essay are now gone, some embittered by realities they did not anticipate or cast aside by a president cutting losses. The gauzy hope of 2009 has faded into the starker realism of 2013. The Washington they promised to transform is as divided as ever. As the president prepares to take the oath of office for a second term, his team looks back at the four years that brought them to this point. Told in their own voices, the story is, unsurprisingly and perhaps out of necessity, a romantic one.
See who is left from this time four years ago.
-- Andrew Tyndall, who tracks the ABC, NBC and CBS newscasts each night, and has released his 2012 year in review. The top 5 stories last year: Mitt Romney campaign, Syria civil war, Hurricane Sandy, London Olympics and federal budget deficit deadline.
-- Obama held fewest press conferences during a first term since Reagan.
-- Jeff Zucker supports Piers Morgan's gun control crusade.
-- Saturday Evening Post throws a party at Michael's to get the word out it still exists.
-- Guggenheim Partners takes control of Prometheus Global Media, owner of Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and Adweek.
-- New Time cover features Mayor Bloomberg, Vice President Biden and former Rep. Gabby Giffords.